Hundreds pay respect to Srebrenica victims
SARAJEVO - The Associated Press
Bosnian women touches one of the three trucks carrying 520 coffins of newly identified victims of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre in front of the presidential building in Sarajevo July 9, 2012. REUTERS Photo
Hundreds of people have lined Sarajevo’s main street as trucks bearing 520 coffins pass through to Srebrenica, where the newly identified victims of Europe’s worst massacre since World War II will be buried.
Whispered Muslim prayers turned louder and mixed with sobbing when the three trucks appeared Monday, slowly approaching the Bosnian Presidency building where they stopped for a few minutes in a sign of respect. The weeping crowd tucked flowers into canvas covering the trucks as they drove down a street sprinkled with ceremonial rose water.
The 520 sets of remains, identified through DNA tests, will be buried at a memorial center near Srebrenica on Wednesday, the 17th anniversary of the massacre in which more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys were killed.